Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

Bring your creation to life with cool fabrics, DIY hardware & hacked patterns.

So, this whole cosplay thing is new to us here at Dritz®. We typically think of the folks who use our sewing products as seamstresses, design students, couture sewists, beginners, casual DIY enthusiasts, makers, home decorators … the list goes on. We’re excited to learn more about cosplay and those of you who like to wear costumes as part of your daily attire. Read more to learn about one of our first costumes, Belted Beauty. 

Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

We had so much fun designing and then constructing this costume. Take a look at our New York Comic Con booth. That’s how this whole project started. We wanted to attend NYCC to meet and talk to cosplayers and explore DIY costuming, but first we needed some costumes …


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

Meet Belted Beauty.

This costume is made up of 5 different pieces. We’re going to tell you about the materials for each piece, and how each piece was made. And note … if we found a pattern that we liked, but wanted to change slightly, we hacked it! That’s one of the most important rules we learned about cosplay … there are no rules!


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

The blouse:

  • Fabric is YaYa Han voile.
  • The sewing pattern is from Simplicity.
  • The lightweight fabric combined with the simple details of the blouse itself made it the ideal top for our costume.

Tip: We dipped the fabric in tea-infused water prior to construction because it was too white; we wanted it to have a more aged look.


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

The bolero:

  • The check fabric is a randomly purchased Halloween print (it happens!).
  • The collar is stretch velvet purchased solely because it was the perfect color (both coat/collar were interfaced).
  • The sewing pattern is from Simplicity.

Pattern hack: We didn’t like the pattern sleeves, so we borrowed the sleeves from the blouse. We added a “fake lapel,” creating its “buttons” with Dritz® heavy duty snaps


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

The corset:

This corset was a total hack.

  • The base follows a Simplicity pattern, but sections were cut from different fabrics.
  • The fabric for the front is a light colored quilting cotton, combined with twill tape and loaded with Dritz® hardware. 
  • The fabric for the back is Yaya Han faux leather. (You can see the back of the corset best in the last image of this post.)

Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

We used Dritz® D-rings and fashion grommets to accommodate the lacing for the corset. We laced twill tape through the D-rings and ribbon through the grommets.

The Yaya Han faux leather (which wraps around the back of the corset) has simulated studs that complement the actual hardware on the corset’s front. 

Mixing materials is a cosplay must do!


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume - ideas for making using Dritz fasteners (bolero, corset belt).

The belt:

We designed the DIY belt from scratch. It is another great accessory to load up with our hardware!

This is also just a really cool looking belt. It’s versatile enough to wear with regular street clothes if you want to add a little edge to your day!


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume - ideas for making using Dritz fasteners (bolero, corset belt).

The belt strap and pocket are made out of real leather scraps that we pieced together and overlapped.

The Dritz® hardware for the pocket: grommets and swivel hooks.


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume - ideas for making using Dritz fasteners (bolero, corset belt).

Tabs were added to the belt strap at random to hang other pieces of hardware.

Left panel is another grommet and stationary hook. Top right is a D-ring and rivets. Bottom right is a grommet and swivel hook.

Tip: We used ebony Rub ‘n Buff to give all of our hardware an aged finish.


Cosplay Inspiration: Belted Beauty Steampunk Costume

 

The skirt:

  • Both fabrics for the skirt are generic styles that we chose based on color.
  • The sewing pattern is from Simplicity.

There was no hacking needed on the skirt!

So … do you love Belted Beauty!? We really hope you find some inspiration in the details. Maybe it’s the entire look, or perhaps it’s just the corset and belt. Get creative when you pull together pieces for cosplay – hack patterns if need be, add finishes to hardware to give them just the right look, choose fabrics that work for you! 

Be sure to check out the other key steampunk costume that we made for our NYCC booth, Locked & Lovely. Also, as we create new content, you can find it all under the cosplay tag.

Follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram to see what’s next. And please, please, leave us comments and questions below, or via our social platforms. We’d love to have a conversation with you about cosplay and DIY costuming!

 

 

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